Gulbenkian Orchestra / Nuno Coelho
This concert will be broadcast live here on 21 April at 19:00 (GMT).
50% – Under 30 years old
15% – Over 65 years old
The 2022/23 season sees Nuno Coelho commence his Chief Conductor and Artistic Directorship of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias. He also begins his fifth year as Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra with a production of José Saramago’s reimagining of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to mark the writer’s centenary. Highlights elsewhere include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic and Sinfonieorchester St Gallen; returns to Antwerp Symphony and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife; and a tour with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España.
Last season saw Nuno debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Hannover, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Gavle Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Residentie Orkest, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg and Orchestre National de Lille; and continue his relationships with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona. In March 2022 he conducted a semi-staged Così fan tutte at the Gulbenkian, adding to theatre credits which include productions of La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, Rusalka, Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank and Seven Deadly Sins.
Nuno won First Prize at the 2017 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and has since gone on to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Symphoniker Hamburg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino. He was a Los Angeles Philharmonic Dudamel Fellow between 2018-19 and stepped in for Bernard Haitink that same season to make his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Born in Porto, Nuno studied conducting at the Zürich University of the Arts with Johannes Schlaefli and won the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. In 2015 he was admitted into the German Music Council’s Dirigentenforum and for the following two years he was both a Tanglewood Conducting Fellow and Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic. Literature and tennis occupy his time off-podium.
Finnish-Dutch cellist and rising star, Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a player of exceptional musical integrity. His phenomenal, expansive, and versatile sound lends itself not only to works of the core classical repertory, but those by Kabalevsky, Kokkonen and Vieuxtemps. He has regular collaborations with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Dima Slobodeniouk, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
In the 2021/22 season, Roozeman continues to perform with acclaimed orchestras including returns to Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Michael Sanderling and the Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev as well as giving debuts with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Smith and Orquestra Gulbenkian/Nuno Coelho. On the chamber platform he will give Trio performances in Girona, Alicante and as part of the 2022 Gstaad festival and will record Aho’s Cello Concerto No.2 for BIS.
Recent highlights from the last season include a successful debut of Brahms Double Concerto with Seoul Philharmonic under the baton of Osmo Vänskä, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Korean Symphony Orchestra and Kabalevsky’s Concerto No.1 with Philharmonie Zuidnederland. Roozeman also gave performances in his native Finland with Tapiola Sinfonietta and at the Crusell Festival.
In recital he has appeared at the Berlin Konzerthaus as part of Sir András Schiff’s residency, as well as giving a debut recital tour in Canada which included the prestigious Vancouver Recital Series. Other highlights include London’s Baroque at the Edge festival, the White Nights Festival in Moscow and the Ark Hills Festival in Tokyo.
In previous seasons Jonathan has given a series of performances as part of a project between the Sibelius Academy and the Julliard School of Mania under the baton of the composer in Helsinki, at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and at New York’s Lincoln Center.
The youngest prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Roozeman also became a finalist at the Naumburg International Cello Competition in the same year. He was a finalist at the Porto Premio Suggia in 2013 as well as reaching the semi-finals of the International Paulo Cello competition in Finland and taking second prize at the National Cello Competition in The Netherlands in 2012.
Roozeman was previously a student of Martti Rousi at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and graduated in July 2020 from the Kronberg Academy under Frans Helmerson. He plays a David Tecchler cello c.1707 on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and his bow was made by Jean Pierre Marie Persoit in Paris, c.1850.
Tout un monde lointain…
— Intermission 20 min —
Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
The youngest prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Finnish-Dutch cellist and rising star, Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a player of exceptional musical integrity. In these concerts, he will perform Tout un monde lointain…, a concertante work for cello written by French composer Henri Dutilleux for Mstislav Rostropovich. Paraphrasing a poem by Baudelaire in the work’s title, Dutilleux transports a profoundly poetic imaginary into the music. In the second part, Nuno Coelho will direct Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, one of the most important and captivating works from the early Romantic period.
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